March 22, 2021
Dear members of the McGill community,
Yesterday – March 21st – marked the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. Proclaimed by the United Nations in 1966 and observed worldwide, this day marks an opportunity to reflect on and reaffirm our commitment to challenging racism in all its forms.
At McGill, we have made significant strides in our commitments to equity and anti-racism. We have done so in numerous ways, consistently in alignment with our Mission and Principles and EDI Strategic Plan.
We are making progress, but this work is ongoing and more remains to be done. Unfortunately, reminders of the need for this work, and its importance, are stark and too frequent. Just last week, we witnessed a deadly attack in North America against the Asian community. These acts of violence can cause members of the McGill community – especially those who are racialized – to feel targeted, threatened, and unwelcome.
In condemning such acts in unequivocal terms, I reassert McGill’s commitment to eliminating racial discrimination and addressing inequity wherever it manifests so that each of you feels welcomed at McGill. You belong here.
Thank you for your ongoing commitment and efforts to building a campus community premised on equity and inclusion for all.
For support, please reach out:
- McGill Employee and Family Assistance Program: https://www.mcgill.ca/hr/benefits/eap
- Student Wellness Hub: https://www.mcgill.ca/wellness-hub/.
Professor Christopher Manfredi
Provost and Vice-Principal (Academic)